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Kremlin warns of 'mass' rights violations by Ukraine ultra-nationalists

Published on May 5, 2014 11:14 PM

MOSCOW (AFP) - Russia on Monday released a report listing a litany of what it says are 'mass-scale' rights violations by ultra-nationalists in Ukraine, warning the escalating crisis could endanger peace in Europe.

The lengthy report compiled by the foreign ministry and dubbed the "White Book" was presented to President Vladimir Putin and could lead to a formal lawsuit being filed with the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, officials said.

"Joint efforts by the Ukrainian people and the international community should as soon as possible put an end to racism, xenophobia, ethnic intolerance, (and) the glorification of the Nazis and their Bandera accomplices," said the report released by the foreign ministry.

Stepan Bandera was a leader of the hugely controversial Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA), which battled against the Soviets and collaborated with Nazi Germany during World War II. He is hailed as a hero in western Ukraine which was occupied by the Soviet Union during the war.

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